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Innovative BAL Rapid-Mat cuts project costs, saves time
Contractors and tilers will reduce project costs and duration significantly with new BAL Rapid-Mat. The innovative uncoupling solution requires around 20% less adhesive than most cavity uncoupling mats, which need almost 'an extra layer of adhesive' to fill the surface cavities or dimples. The saving amounts to using 1.5 kg less adhesive per square metre, a major saving of 45 kg adhesive per 30 metre roll.
As well as spending less time mixing adhesive, with fewer interruptions to tiling, fixers can finish a project earlier because there is no waiting for adhesive to dry. Once BAL Rapid-Mat is laid, tiling can begin immediately.
BAL Rapid-Mat saves more time on-site by being simpler and faster to lay than other mats. Its super-slim, lightweight profile makes it easy to roll out and measure. The printed gridline cutting guide means that it can be cut to fit easily using just a pair of scissors. It can be laid with either side uppermost, unlike cavity-based mats which require cavities to be on top. Each piece of BAL Rapid-Mat is simply butt-jointed to the next, without the need to buy and apply additional tapes.
Cost and time savings are just the start of the BAL Rapid-Mat benefits for contractors and tilers. Being only 1 mm thick, compared with up to 4 mm for other uncoupling mats, it occupies significantly less storage space. A full 30 metre roll also weighs just 8.5 kg, making it easy to transport and carry around the site. The slimness also makes it ideal for laying over existing tiling, as it offers a minimal increase in floor height.
BAL Rapid-Mat is ideal for any tiling project where the floor substrate may be subject to lateral movement stresses. This includes timber flooring, underfloor heating and new screeds. It is available through hundreds of stockists nationwide and, unlike other uncoupling mats, is covered by a full 25 year guarantee.
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